[ View the story "Unwanted: Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims" on Storify] Unwanted: Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims Thousands flee to escape poverty and persecution.
The Stream· Mon, May 25 2015 18:14:30
four Malaysian navy ships in the search for Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea. The decision to aid the desperate migrants comes just days after Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia refused to let the overcrowded boats disembark on their shores.
Rohingya Migrants Abandoned At SeaAJ+
increase of migrants stuck at sea follows a recent crackdown on human traffickers. After
of the existence of human trafficking camps on its soil, Malaysian authorities
28 suspected human trafficking camps and 139 mass grave sites on May 24. Human rights groups have criticised Thailand and Malaysia for not doing enough to combat the trafficking crisis in their countries.
Mass graves of suspected migrants found in MalaysiaAlJazeeraEnglish
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi migrants have made the perilous journey across the Andaman Sea fleeing extreme poverty in Bangladesh and political and religious persecution in Myanmar. On their journey, the migrants
months of starvation, ethnic violence and abuse by traffickers.
“If I had known the boat journey would be so horrendous, I would rather have just died in Myanmar,”
a 19-year-old Rohingya woman who watched her brother die after fighting broke out on her boat. According to the UNHCR, approximately 2,000 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi migrants have died during the voyage due to conditions on the boat and mistreatment by traffickers.
International pressure from humanitarian organisations and Western governments prompted crisis talks between the ASEAN countries last week where they
to offer temporary shelter to the migrants for one year. We asked the Stream community what actions regional governments should take to assist Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.
@AJStream ASEAN shld at least condemn the actions of Myanmar govt for a blind eye on the violence in their countryFitri Majid
@AJStream As you can see, Malaysia as the "leader of #ASEAN" has been exemplary in showing the lack of competence in handling the crisis.Netusha Naidu
@AJStream The problem with the persecution of Rohingya is fed by ASEAN's unwillingness to put pressure on member state Myanmar...Kirsten Han
Many believed the Myanmar government is to blame for the crisis and called on the government to give the Rohinyga people citizenship.
@AJStream Myanmar government must provide equal rights and citizenship to Rohingya who have been living there for centuries. #accept RohingyMusa
@AJStream institutionalising #genocide #apartheid #discrimination of the #Rohingya is a sure fire way of creating a crisis don't you think?Protect The Rohingya
@AJStream Myanmar must protect all its people regardless of religious ethnicity. History will harshly judge Myanmar.KM Bush
Others believed the UN and Western countries could play a greater role in helping to solve the crisis.
@AJStream The international communities, especially the UN and ASEAN countries should do more to save vulnerable Rohingyas from atrocities.Musa Ahmad
@AJStream based on 1951Refugee convention & @unhcr expansion to include de facto refugess, UNHCR could play major role to protect #RohingyanAmal Al Mashaikhi
@AJStream The USA; why is the world police taking a break? #RohingyaNasir
Some called for the international community to implement sanctions against Myanmar.
@AJStream increase targeted sanctions against every Burmese politician directly involved or complicit in ethnic cleansing of #RohingyaOpRohingya
@AJStream #Boycott all foreign investment #Burma #Myanmar until #apartheid living conditions #Rohingya lifted.
#Hunger #Shelter #DignityRJ Fund